Mark A. Foster
Post Number: 191
|Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 - 5:42 pm: ||
I really enjoyed Anne’s and Whitley’s interviews of Micah Hanks.
Hanks' views of speculation are similar to the approach taken by the originator of (British) Critical Realism, Roy Bhaskar. This philosophy has been dominated by philosophers and social scientists (especially sociologists).
All of a sudden, in 2000, Roy published a new book, "From East to West: Odyssey of a Soul." He began the book by elaborating his previous human incarnations. That book was followed by the third "turn" of Critical Realism, i.e., metaReality.
Immediately, there was a split. Many, perhaps most, of the continental and analytic philosophers and the social scientists who identified with Critical Realism rejected the third turn. They argued, incorrectly in my view, that Bhaskar had abandoned Critical Realism for objective idealism (Platonism).
Others, like myself, were excited by the third turn. Bhaskar’s approach now brought my approach to sociology into alignment with my approach to spirituality - going back to the early 1970s.
As Hanks said, there is nothing wrong with speculation. Critical Realism is a type of speculative and representational realism. My own speculations have allowed me to integrate my sociology with my view of 14 dimensions (or worlds), my approach to meditation (Heartfulness Inquiry), and my thoughts on departed and transterrestrial beings.
Some of the transterrestrials might, as Anne said, might even be transtemporals or time travelers. Others could be visionary or spiritual experiences.
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